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My Favorite Spring 2017 Reads

Between March, April and May, I read a total of 22 books (!!!) and as spring turns right into summer, I thought it was time to consider my favorite reads of the season. I’ve talked about most of these books on the blog a lot already, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. If you want a recap of each book that I read this spring, I recommend going to my What I Read posts for March, April, and May—just click on these months to go directly to the post. For my favorite spring reads, I’ll be giving each novel my star rating along with my full review linked—there’s only one book with no review!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // 5/5 stars

Review: here

Heartless by Marissa Meyer // 4.75/ 5 stars

Review: here

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // 5/5 Stars

Review: here

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 stars

No review for Radio Silence, but here’s my mini Goodreads review:

I ate this book in about a day and a half AND I’M IN LOVE. Frances reminded me so much of myself, having a ‘School Frances’ (smart, quiet girl who will go to a top university/college) vs ‘Real Frances’ (spends her free time on Youtube and Tumblr, does fan art, WEARS MONSTERS INC. LEGGINGS!!!). 

What else I loved:
-Her FRIENDSHIP with Aled. They had such a solid boy-girl friendship THAT DIDN’T TURN INTO ROMANCE WHAT SO EVER, WHATTTTTT?
-Frances’ mom. I loved that woman, between her Saturday movie nights, her support, her unicorn onesie, and her help hehehe.
-Side characters <3= I want Raine and Daniel on my side
-The Youtube/Radio Silence aspect– felt so REAL and current
-Diversity!!!!
-This book is almost 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel like it all- absolutely flew through and wanted even MORE.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 stars

Review: here

What were some of your favorite spring reads? Let me know in the comments below!

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What I Read in May

May was an absolutely fantastic reading month for me! Since I read 10 books this month, I kept my thoughts short and sweet, going from my least favorite read to my favorite read of the month.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs // 2/5 Stars

Even though this is a YA novel and the main characters are teenagers, Nemesis felt more like a middle grade to me. While the premise was exciting and had some Lord of the Flies vibes, the plot and characters just didn’t deliver for me.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston // 2/5 Stars

My sister loves Natasha Preston’s books, so I typically read them alongside her. I was unfortunately very disappointed, as The Cabin’s premise was exciting, but the story itself didn’t have any sort of spark and was WAY too long– it took us forever to get to some sort of “solution”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // 3.75/5 Stars

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy ADSOM as much as I thought I would, being head-over-heels for Schwab’s This Savage Song and Vicious. I thought that the plot was a bit predictable and unexciting at times, however, I plan on picking up the next book soon!

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith // 4/5 Stars

While Windfall was over 400 pages long, it was a pretty quick read for me. I found it to be a little tropey and I didn’t completely enjoy the romance. I loved Leo and seeing Alice’s journey outside her relationship with Teddy. I teared up when she reflects on her parents’ lives with her uncle.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 4/5 Stars

I finally read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and really enjoyed it! There’s a dog and Oreos!! I have a full review here.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5 Stars

Geekerella was the fandom+fairytale novel that I didn’t know I needed until I started reading. My full review can be found on Fangirl Fury here.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // 4.75/5 Stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks took me by surprise, as it was one of my favorite reads of May. My review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

One of my most anticipated reads of 2017 finally delivered this month. I have a full review of ACOWAR here, including a mini conflicted rant about there being more books in the ACOTAR world.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 Stars

My only 5/5 Star read of the month, Radio Silence was the type of book that I just fell into. There’s Tumblr and Youtube and fanart and friendship and family and school all rolled into one perfect contemporary read.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 Stars

From the moment I started The Names They Gave Us, I was hooked. Emery Lord’s latest release about family, friendship, religion, and grief was an emotion-filled story rolled into a summer contemporary. I have a full review here.

What did you read in May? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read In April

April was the most demanding month of my life. Between classes and papers and finals and meetings and work and trips and friends, the month completely flew by. That being said, I’m so happy with past me for reading 5 books! My semester/freshman year ends tomorrow (internal screaming), so here’s to some much needed time off with ALL the books!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas (4/5 Stars)- This was my second time reading ACOTAR, as I was anticipating the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the final book in the trilogy (I know that there are more books coming out in the ACOTAR world, but I’m considering the first three books about Feyre a trilogy). While I enjoyed my reread, I was not as enchanted with ACOTAR this time around, especially knowing what happens in the second book. However, I was reminded of Feyre’s strength, and I also noticed more of the Beauty and the Beast elements this time around. I posted a reread review of ACOTAR a few weeks ago as well.

Wires and Nerve, Volume #1 by Marissa Meyer (4/5 stars)- As a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, I was so excited to get my hands on the series’ first graphic novel. I loved seeing the characters the way Marissa Meyer envisioned them, and I enjoyed having Iko as the main protagonist. I always wanted her point of view in the original four books (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) to begin with. However, I wish Wires and Nerve had taken place after Stars Above, the TLC novella bind-up, instead of taking place before the final novella in the book. I’m also a bit disappointed about the next volume not coming until 2018.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5/5 stars)- Between Angie Thomas rocking the New York Times Best Sellers List since The Hate U Give’s release in February and all the hype surrounding this book in the YA community, I was so excited to get my hands on this 2017 release. If there’s one thing (there were many things, don’t worry) that stood out to me while reading THUG, it is its contemporary relevance. THUG is based on the Black Lives Matter Movement, as our main protagonist Starr witnesses her childhood best friend die at the hands of a police officer. I haven’t rated a book 5 out of 5 stars in a while, and I have a full review of THUG up on the blog.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (4.5/5 Stars)– In addition to rereading ACOTAR, I reread A Court of Mist and Fury this month in anticipation of ACOWAR. I enjoyed my reread of ACOMAF a lot more than ACOTAR, as I loved being reunited with the Court of Dreams and Velaris. My biggest issue with this read was most of the romantic elements set in the novel, which I discuss in my reread review of ACOMAF.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf (3/5 stars)South of Sunshine follows Kaycee, a high school senior living in Sunshine, Tennessee. Kaycee does her best to hide that fact that she is a lesbian in her small, Christian town, until Bren shows up and turns Sunshine and Kaycee upside. I really enjoyed the setting of this book, and it made sad that Kaycee felt that she couldn’t be herself around her friends and family. However, I felt a big disconnect with this book , as I did not enjoy the writing style and often grew frustrated with the characters.

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give. THERE ARE HARRY POTTER AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL REFERENCES PEOPLE!!!

What books did you read in April? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read in March 2017

Thanks to a few snow days and spring break, I had so much more reading time in March and it was oh-so lovely!

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (3.75/5 stars)- The conclusion to Passenger, Wayfarer follows Etta and Nicholas’s quest through time, as they try to find each other and the missing astrolabe. While the book is told from both Etta and Nicholas’s perspectives, I only cared about Etta’s side of the story. I found the action in Nicholas’s sections hard to follow at times, and I found his companions, Sophia and Li-Min, much more interesting than the narrator himself. I loved reading from Etta’s perspective because I enjoyed her interaction with Henry and Julian, who were my favorite characters in the book. I would’ve rather spent the whole book with Etta and just have Nicholas simply appear back in her timeline.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (⅘ stars)Everything Leads to You follows Emi, a young set designer who’s gone back to the same girl too many times. With the help of a mysterious letter from an acting legend, Emi is led to Ava, who helps Emi in more ways than she could ever wish for. I finished this book in less than two days because I couldn’t step away from this cute, contemporary story for too long. Nina LaCour filled Everything Leads to You with such great characters and relationships. As someone who’s interested in film and media, I also loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of movie production. 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (5/5 stars) – I needed another Schwab book to tide me over until Our Dark Duet’s release, so Vicious seemed like a great way to go. AND I WAS RIGHT BECAUSE I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Vicious follows two college roommates who turn from best friends to archnemesis after an experiment gone terribly wrong. I have a full review of this book on the blog, where I use even more exclamation points and capitalized phrases to describe my feels. If there’s one thing you need to know about reading this book, it’s this: THERE’S A DOG SO GO READ IT NOW PLEASE!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (3.5/5 stars)– When I learned that Jacqueline Woodson was visiting my school, I knew I had to pick up Brown Girl Dreaming right away. Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of Woodson’s childhood, living in both the North and South during the Civil Rights Movements. While I found many of the passages to be so beautifully-written, I wasn’t totally memorized with the story overall. .

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (3/5 stars)– I picked up this book at the library because of its cover and since it included road trip in its blurb. Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour has me wanting this trope more and more, okay? The Museum of Intangible Things surrounds best friends Hannah and Zoe’s life in their working class New Jersey town. When Zoe tells Hannah that she needs something different, the two embark on a road trip and leave everything they’ve ever known this book. If I could describe this book in one word, it would be bizarre. While I enjoyed having Hannah as the main narrator and the road trip, I really didn’t like Zoe as our other main character. Zoe has bipolar disorder and while I like how Wendy Wunder incorporated mental illness into the book, Zoe’s mental illness became more of a plot device than simply being a part of her identity.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (4.75/ 5 stars)- As a big fan of The Lunar Chronicles, I knew I had to read Marissa Meyer’s other fairytale-inspired novel. The origin story of the Queen of Hearts, Heartless follows Cath Pinkerton, who is trying to avoid accepting the King’s marriage proposal. All Cath wants to do open the best bakery in Wonderland. Cath dreads receiving the King’s proposal at a royal ball, until she meets Jest, the handsome court joker. I really enjoyed the connections to Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. People, there’s croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs! While I had a small hope for an alternate ending where Cath didn’t become Queen,I did enjoy seeing her transform into the Queen of Hearts.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (⅘ stars)- After constantly seeing it being compared to Caraval, I decided to finally pick up The Night Circus. Since Caraval is the first in a series, I decided to go with a standalone, The Night Circus, first. The Night Circus follows two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been set against each other in a ‘game’. With the circus as their playing field and an entourage of individuals with their own special abilities, Celia and Marco try to figure out how to play, even as their feelings for each other deepen. I enjoyed The Night Circus because it is different from most of the novels I’ve read. I liked interacting with a full cast of characters, not just the two main protagonists. My biggest problem with this novel was that I didn’t feel very connected to the story and its characters. However, I wonder if it was Erin Morgenstern’s point to make us feel like outsiders and simply observe the circus in action.

Favorite Book: Vicious. I just couldn’t put this book down, and I wish there was some sort of sequel or companion novel to go along with it.I finally started reading Victoria Schwab’s books this year and her books might end up defining my reading year!

Between wrapping up this semester and life really, April looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy month for me. That being said, I would still love to read as much this month as I did in March. What books did you read this month? Share in the comments below!

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What I Read in February 2017

February was my first full month back at school. While it was a struggle to find time to read in between classes and papers and life, I was able to read 4 books this month:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4.5/5 stars) Adam Silvera has once again written a novel that had me totally captivated from the start. I was obsessed with his first novel, More Than Happy Not, last year so I was excited to get my hands on History Is All You Left Me. Griffin’s heartbreak over Theo’s death is devastating enough, not to mention the fact the Griffin has to deal with Jackson, the guy Theo was seeing before he died. There were sad moments, cute moments, and some moments that made my jaw drop. What prevented me from giving HIAYLM a full five stars is that Griffin definitely makes some irrational decisions throughout the book. I understand that he is grieving, but there were moments where I wanted to pull him out of the story and give him a talking to.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (2/5 stars)There’s a reason why I never picked up this book before having to read it in my American Literature class. While I appreciated the book’s transcendentalist moments (what I’m focusing on in class), the only tears I shed came from my boredom of the writing style. It dragged on and on and that was only The Custom House. Leave this book about a woman and a minister having a child out of wedlock and her crazy stalker husband in the classroom kids.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (4/5 stars): I was never really a Twilight fan, so I was excited to give another Stephenie Meyer’s book a go. While I wasn’t overly impressed with the writing style, it was fun jumping back into a classic dystopian with a love-triangle read.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (5/5 Stars)I loved We Are Okay. The book follows Marin, a college freshman who abruptly left her life in San Francisco and is now forced to face the tragedy she left behind when her best friend comes to visit. Going in, I totally wasn’t expecting how emotional I would get attached to this story and its characters. LaCour switches between the past and present (I think that’s becoming a theme I really enjoy in books) and focuses on family relationships, which is a subject that doesn’t get enough focus in YA.  Since it’s on the short side, I was able to finish it in one weekend, which made this reader and her TBR pile very happy.

Favorite Book: We Are Okay– From the cover to the characters to LaCour’s writing style, everything about this book is beautiful. AND IT HAS FOOD. Get a box of tissues and go read it now!

What was your favorite read in February? Share in the comments below!